CAMWS 2019 Lincoln Visitors’ Guide to Restaurants and Local Attractions
Lincoln is a college town that’s also the state capital of Nebraska. It’s easy to get around, friendly, and inexpensive! The conference hotel, the Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel, is a historic building located right in the downtown, a ten-minute walk from the University of Nebraska campus (which is itself integrated into the downtown). From the hotel, you will be able to walk to restaurants, bars, coffee shops, independent bookstores, and cultural attractions.
Downtown Lincoln consists of a grid of numbered and lettered streets, so it is easy to find your way around, but if you are driving, beware of the many one-way streets. The nearby Historic Haymarket area (roughly O to R St., 9th to Canopy St. [6th]) has been gentrified into an area rife with restaurants, bars, art galleries, and shops.
Lincoln is a bicycle-friendly city! We have an extensive set of trails in and out of the city. See the map at: http://www.gptn.org/the_trails/overview.html. We also have a new bike share program: Bike LNK (https://bikelnk.bcycle.com/ ). Day passes can be purchased at any kiosk. There is a kiosk located outside the Cornhusker Hotel at 13th and M.
Conference hotel: the Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel, 333 S. 13th St., Lincoln, NE, 68508
By car: we’re off of Interstate 80. Take exit 401 to South 9th St. Go south along South 9th Street and turn left onto M St. Turn right onto South 13th St. The hotel is on South 13th St. between M and L Streets [which are both one-way streets!]. You can pull into the driveway and request valet parking, or continue on South 13th Street another half-block to L Street, turn right onto L Street, and turn right into the parking garage for the hotel.
By plane: you can fly into the smaller Lincoln airport (LNK), which is 15 minutes from the Cornhusker Marriott, or the larger Omaha airport, Eppley Airfield (OMA), which is a one hour drive from Lincoln. (Fares are usually cheaper in and out of OMA, but it’s always good to check both airports.) The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel has a complimentary airport shuttle to LNK. To get from OMA to the conference hotel, you can rent a car or reserve the airport shuttle OMALiNK (https://www.omalink.com/) which costs approximately $55 one way and will deliver you right to the hotel.
By train: there is an Amtrak station in downtown Lincoln, a 15-minute walk or 3-minute cab ride from the Cornhusker Marriott.
Note: the Cornhusker Hotel occupies the block bounded by L and M Sts. and 12th and 13th Sts. University of Nebraska-Lincoln main campus lies north of R Street.
Coffee Shops within walking distance of the Cornhusker Marriott
- Scooter’s, 14th and M
- The Mill in the Haymarket, 8th and P
- The Coffee House, 13th and P
- Starbucks, 12th and P. Another location in the UNL Campus Union, 14th and R
- Cultiva, 11th between G and H
- Method Cycles and Craft House, 11th and L (Yes, they do sell coffee!)
- Dunkin’ Donuts in Love Library on UNL Campus
Sandwiches and Inexpensive Fare in the Downtown Area [$]
- Ali Baba Gyros, casual Greek and Mediterranean, 14th and O. A hole in the wall featuring excellent gyros and succulent tandoori chicken kabob [A Classics Department favorite]
- Bison Witches Bar & Deli. P St. between 13th and 14th. A laid back watering hole spotlighting sandwiches with inventive toppings.
- Honest Abe’s Burgers and Freedom, 14th between O and P [A Yelp Top Ten]
- The Sultan’s Kite, Mediterranean Street Food, O St. between 13th and 14th [A Yelp Top Ten]
- Thai Garden, 13th between P and Q
- YiaYia’s Gourmet Pizza, O St. between 13th and 14th [Yelp’s Best Pizza in Lincoln]
- In the UNL campus union (14th and R)
- Imperial Palace Chinese Food
- Valentino’s Pizza [a Lincoln tradition]
- Steak ‘n Shake
- National chains:
- 5 Guys Burgers & Fries, P between 12th and 13th
- Amigos, 14th and Q
- Arby’s, 15th and Q
- Bruegger’s Bagels, 12th and Q
- Buffalo Wild Wings, P between 13th and 14th
- Chipotle, 13th and Q
- Jersey Mike’s Subs, 14th, between P and Q
- Noodles & Co., 14th and P
- Panda Express, 14th and Q
- Panera, 12th and P
- Raising Cane’s Chicken, 14th and P
- Wendy’s, 14th and Q
More upscale restaurants within walking distance of the Cornhusker Marriott. Reservations recommended, especially on the weekend.
- Billy’s, 13th and H. American contemporary in a historic building. (402) 474-0084 ($$$) http://www.billysrestaurant.com/
- Blue Orchid Thai Restaurant, in the Grand Manse building, in the alley off of 10th, between O and P. (402) 742-7250 ($$)
- Dish Restaurant. Upscale American Continental restaurant in a sleek setting. 11th and O. (402) 475-9475 [A Yelp Top Ten]. ($$-$$$) http://www.dishdowntown.com/
- The Green Gateau, 10th between L and M. An upscale neighborhood restaurant featuring French and American food in a setting inspired by European Country Inns. (402) 477-0330 ($$) www.greengateau.com
- Misty’s Steakhouse, 11th and P. A Lincoln tradition. ($$-$$$)
Highlights from the many, many restaurants located in the Historic Haymarket District. NOTE: Canopy St. is the equivalent of 6th St.
- Blue Sushi Sake Grill, 8th and R. ($$) https://bluesushisakegrill.com/locations/nebraska/lincoln
- Bourbon Street, 300 Canopy St. Cajun and Creole. ($$) http://thesinglebarrel.com/bourbonstreet/
- Grey Whale Sushi & Grill, in the Grand Manse Building, 10th between O and P, ($$) https://www.greywhalesushi.com/menus
- Ichiban Sichuan, 8th and P. ($$) https://www.ichibanlincoln.com/
- JTK, in the old train depot at 7th and P. Contemporary American fine dining. Your source for Kobe beef. (402) 435-0161. ($$$) http://www.jtkrestaurant.com/
- Mellow Mushroom, R and Canopy St. Out of this world pizza. ($$)
- Oven Indian Restaurant, 8th and P. ($$) https://theoven-lincoln.com/
- Rodizio Grill Brazilian Restaurant, O St. between 7th and 8th. ($$) https://www.rodiziogrill.com/lincoln/
- Vincenzo’s Ristorante, P St. between 8th and 9th ($$-$$$) http://vincenzos-ne.com/menu/#
- Ivanna Cone Ice Cream, in the Creamery Building in the Haymarket, 7th and P
Pubs, breweries, and bars within walking distance of the Cornhusker Marriott ($$)
- Alchemy Aqua Vitae, 8th between O and P. A bar run by classics alumni. https://www.alchemyaquavitae.com/
- Barrymore’s, in the alleyway off 13th, between O and P. Set in the backstage area of the historic Rococo theatre building. Great ambiance! http://rococotheatre.com/barrymores/
- The Boiler Brewing Company in the Grand Manse Building, 14th between O and P http://www.boilerbrewingcompany.com/
- Green Flash Brewhouse and Eatery, 16th and P [A Yelp Top Ten] http://www.greenflashbrew.com/green-flash-lincoln/
- HopCat, P and Canopy [6th] [Haymarket] https://hopcat.com/lincoln
- Lazlo’s Brewery and Grill, 7th and P [Hatmarket] http://www.lazlosbreweryandgrill.com/
- Leadbelly Pub, 8th and Q [Haymarket; a Yelp Top Ten]. https://www.getleaded.com/
- Miller Time Pub and Grill, within the Cornhusker Marriot.
- Single Barrel, 10th and P [A Yelp Top Ten] http://thesinglebarrel.com/menu/
- Zoo Bar, 14th, between O and P. World famous for its live music every night. http://www.zoobar.com/
- An easy drive from the Cornhusker Marriott: Blue Blood Brewing Co., 925 Robbers Cave Rd. A brewpub situated over the 5000 sq. ft. “Robbers Cave” that you can tour! (must make reservations to tour cave 1 week ahead of time). http://bluebloodbrewing.com/home
Restaurants that are an easy drive from the Cornhusker Marriott
- Chef Karim’s Place at 333 N Cotner Blvd. Fine Dining, French-Moroccan & Mediterranean Cuisine. ($$$) https://www.chefkarimsplace.com/
- Daffodil Mediterranean Cuisine (Persian), 5500 Old Cheney Rd #21. Unassuming eatery with a chalkboard menu. A Classics Department favorite ($$)
- The original Misty’s Steakhouse in the Havelock neighborhood, 6235 Havelock Ave. A football-shaped bar! Décor untouched since the 50’s! ($$-$$$)
- The Normandy, 2785 S 17th St. Traditional French cuisine. Reservations recommended. (402) 476-0606 ($$$) http://www.thenormandylincoln.com/
- Parthenon Greek restaurant, 5500 S. 56th St. ($$) www.theparthenon.net
- Venue Restaurant, 4111 Pioneer Woods Dr #100. Upmarket American cuisine and a vast wine list. Reservations recommended. (402) 488-8368 ($$$) https://www.yourvenue.net/
- Various ethnic restaurants on 27th Street, scattered for a mile north of O Street. Vietnamese, Thai, Middle Eastern, African [$-$$]
- The State Capitol Building, 14th and K. Amazing historically-themed carvings on the outside and classical mosaics on the floors are a huge bonus to a seriously-cool building! http://capitol.nebraska.gov/
- Lincoln Children’s Zoo, 1222 South 27th Street (10 minute drive). It’s not just for children! Home to over 400 animals including snow leopards, red pandas, Humboldt penguins, ring-tailed lemurs, camels, tigers, giraffes, and the Galapagos tortoise. Admission $9.95. http://www.lincolnzoo.org
- Willa Cather Archives in the Love Library of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln https://cather.unl.edu
- Lincoln Museums
- University of Nebraska State Museum of Natural History and the Mueller Planetarium [aka Elephant Hall]. Mammoths, mastodons, and much more! Home of one of the world's largest articulated fossil mammoths. On campus at 645 North 14th Street. Adult admission $6. http://museum.unl.edu/
- The Sheldon Museum of Art, on campus at 12th and R. Free! https://www.sheldonartgallery.org/
- Great Plains Art Museum, on UNL campus at 11th and Q. Free! https://www.unl.edu/plains/great-plains-art-museum
- The Nebraska History Museum, 13th and P. Free! https://history.nebraska.gov/museum
- The Lincoln Children’s Museum, P St. between 13th and 14th. Fantastic place to bring the kids! Admission $11. http://www.lincolnchildrensmuseum.org/
- The International Quilt Study Center and Museum, 33rd and Holdrege St. on UNL East Campus (10 minute drive). Admission $8. https://www.quiltstudy.org/
- The Germans from Russia Museum, 631 D St (10 minute drive). Admission $5. https://www.ahsgr.org/default.aspx
- Midwestern African Museum of Art, 19th and Q. Admission $5. https://www.mamamuseum.org/
- The National Museum of Roller Skating (10 minute drive), 48th St. and A St. Free! http://www.rollerskatingmuseum.com/
- The Larson Tractor Test Museum, N 35th St & Fair St. Admission by donation. Located on UNL East Campus (10 minute drive). https://tractormuseum.unl.edu/
- The Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed, 599 Oakcreek Dr. (10 minute drive). Vintage cars and neon signs. Admission $15. https://www.museumofamericanspeed.com/
- Independent bookstores
- A Novel Idea, 14th between O and P
- Bluestem Books, 9th and N
- Indigo Bridge Books, in the Creamery Building in the Haymarket, 7th and P
- The Historic Haymarket District, https://lincolnhaymarket.org/about
- Burkholder Art Studio and Galleries, 719 P St.
- Burlington Antiques, 201 N. 7th
- From Nebraska Gift Shop, 803 Q St.
- Licorice International World Headquarters, 803 Q St. Many free samples!
- Noyes Art Gallery, 119 S. 9th
- Ten Thousand Villages, 140 N. 8th St.
- Other attractions
- First Friday Artwalk, Friday from 5pm -10 pm. Tour the art galleries of Lincoln. https://downtownlincoln.org/explore/first-friday
- Drive to Pioneers Park, 3201 S Coddington Ave. See live bison and elk! Hike extensive trails! http://lincoln.ne.gov/city/parks/naturecenter/index.htm
- Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center, 13th and Q. Our art house cinema, right on campus. For film schedule: https://theross.org/
- The spectacular, must-see Sandhill Crane Migration (2 hour drive west). Every spring over a half million Sandhill Cranes (and a handful of Whooping Cranes) rest on the Platte River around Kearney, NE, from late February to early April during their annual migration to the north. For information about viewing this majestic sight, visit the Crane Trust (https://cranetrust.org/). For a photographic article about this migration, see https://www.outdoorphotographer.com/on-location/featured-stories/sandhill-crane-migration/
- Strategic Air Command Museum of Aviation History, 28210 W Park Hwy, Ashland, NE 68003. A half an hour drive from Lincoln straight down I-80. Admission $12. This museum preserves the history of Strategic Air Command, the Cold War, and aerospace artifacts. https://sacmuseum.org/
- Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha (one hour east). Consistently ranked as one of the best zoos in the world. Includes the Desert Dome, the Lied Jungle, the Scott Aquarium, and much more. Admission $18.95. http://www.omahazoo.com
- Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge Street in Omaha (an hour east). Admission is free! https://www.joslyn.org/
- Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer in Grand Island (90 minutes west). Features a living history village called Railroad Town, which includes many original period structure including the house where Henry Fonda was born in 1905. Admission $6. http://www.stuhrmuseum.org/
- Homestead National Monument in Beatrice (45 minutes south). Free admission. https://www.nps.gov/home/index.htm
- The name “Nebraska” is derived from the Oto term translated as “flat river.” It refers to the Platte River, which is 310 miles long and empties into the Missouri River.
- Lincoln has been designated as a refugee-friendly city since the 1970s and led the nation in resettling the most refugees per capita in 2016.
- Nebraska has the only unicameral legislature in the US.
- The Nebraska “Cornhuskers” (we prefer “Huskers” these days) were once known as the “Bugeaters.”
- The first American Arbor Day was celebrated in Nebraska City, NE, in 1872 with the planting of one million trees within the state
- Nebraska is home to one of the largest population of Czechs outside of the Czech Republic. The town of Wilbur hosts the Czech Days festival every August.
- On football Saturdays, the joke is that Memorial Stadium becomes the 3rd largest city in the state, holding 90,000 in a sellout streak that goes back to 1962.
- We are not just a football town! The UNL Women’s Volleyball team won the National Championship in 1995, 2000, 2006, 2015, and 2017. The women have their own dedicated building (with skyboxes!) and hold the NCAA record for attendance. They have a sellout streak that goes back to 2001!
- Willa Cather grew up in Red Cloud, Nebraska, and graduated from UNL. O Pioneers! and My Antonia are set within the state.
- Alexander Payne is a native son who has filmed Election, About Schmidt, and, of course, Nebraska on locations within the state.
- Nebraska is also the birthplace of Marlon Brando, Malcom X, Henry Fonda, Fred Astaire, Dick Cavett, Gerald Ford, and, of course, the Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffet.